From the AP by way of the Frederick News Post:
Governor Martin O’Malley will introduce a proposal to legal slots in Maryland, saying the state needs to protect open space, agriculture and jobs.It is interesting to note that "closing a honking $1.5+ billion budget deficit" is not one of the reasons. This gives the impression that slots revenue will be devoted to new spending while tax increases will close the deficit.
The governor said Maryland’s 250-year-old horse-racing industry needs to be competitive with surrounding states — such as Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia — that already have slots.
He said his proposal for state-owned slots would also invest in public education, school construction, higher education and community colleges.